Simphiwe Ngema is a South African actress and journalist who is best known for her portrayal of Thuli Nkosi on SABC 2’s daily soap opera, Muvhango. She is also a Journalism graduate, she obtained her qualification at Boston Media House.
|August 29, 1989|
|Since||2008 – to date|
Simphiwe Ngema was born in Klipspruit in the Soweto township of Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.
She was raised in Zuurbekom, a small town situated in the south of the city of Johannesburg in Gauteng.
According to an article published on Independent Newspaper’s IsiZulu newspaper, Isolezwe, Simphiwe Ngema’s parents remain married.
Her parents are pastors; in 1998 her father founded a church in Zuurbekom.
She is the middle child; Simphiwe Ngema is one of three children, she has an older and a younger sister.
Simphiwe Ngema went to Chinese Kuo Ting School, a combined school in Sandton, Johannesburg in Gauteng.
She later matriculated from that school and went on to find employment.
Simphiwe Ngema worked as a receptionist after she matriculated from Chinese Kuo Ting School.
In 2008 she enrolled at Boston Media House to study Journalism, during this period her ambitions of becoming an actress also began coming to fruition.
Simphiwe Ngema made her acting foray while she was still in high school when she auditioned for Lebo M’s (Lebohang Morake) stage production Lion King based on a 1994 American animated musical adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation, The Lion King.
The auditions for the Lion King stage production was held by Duma Ka Ndlovu who is also the creator of SABC 2’s Muvhango; she was however unsuccessful in securing a role in that stage production.
Duma Ka Ndlovu, for who Simphiwe Ngema had previously auditioned for, suggested that she audition for a stage production he was producing, The Game, and this time she successfully secured the role.
In that stage production, The Game, she played Pretty Khumalo, a prostitute who is in jail for the murder of her dad and worked alongside well-known actresses such as Jo-Anne Reyneke, Leleti Khumalo, Lucia Mthiyane, Mary Twala and Sindi Dlathu.
When The Game concluded Simphiwe Ngema returned to Boston Media House where she picked where she had left off with her journalism studies and graduated in 2010.